Should the Knicks play Isaiah Hartenstein more?

The New York Knicks’ medical drama began in December when starting center Mitchell Robinson went down with an ankle injury. In his absence, New York has enjoyed the efforts of second-year Knick Isaiah Hartenstein, who he has helpfully replaced over the past two-plus months.

Hartenstein himself has not been immune to injury, as he missed a few games in January and February due to Achilles pain, but he is starting to return to his usual workload. Between that recovery and Robinson’s potential return, questions about Hartenstein’s minutes could emerge.

In listing improvements for the Knicks’ upcoming playoff run, the latest from Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley suggested more minutes for (presumably healthy) Hartenstein.

“The do-it-all center has masterfully provided exactly what New York needs from him, but he has even more to give,” Buckley said of Hartenstein. “His 24.9 minutes might be his career-high, but the Knicks should find a way to get him more time on the court.”

“Even if the Knicks get Robinson back, this strategy should be in play. That would help New York take advantage of all that Hartenstein has to offer without too quickly ditching Robinson, whose December ankle surgery was initially thought to be over season.”

Hartenstein, who averaged a career-best 8.3 rebounds per game, hasn’t played more than 30 minutes in more than a month, but there’s no doubt he played a major role in the team’s success this season. season. The Knicks posted a 13-5 record in the 18 games in which Hartenstein played at least 30.